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Instagram’s new ‘Take a Break’ feature revealed

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Instagram has announced new features that the social platform says will help teenagers and parents manage time spent on the app

Instagram has announced the new feature called ‘Take a Break,’ where parents will be able to see how much time their children spend on Instagram and set time limits. Teens will also get notifications, reminding them to take a break.

It comes a day before Instagram chief Adam Mosseri is due to appear before US Senators investigating online safety.

Instagram has been under increasing pressure over teens’ use of the platform in recent months.

Frances Haugen sparks action

Parent company Meta’s internal research suggested that teens blamed Instagram for increased anxiety was the first in a series of revelations in France Haugen’s leaked documents from inside Facebook.

The US Senate Committee is expected to quiz Mr Mosseri on Instagram’s internal information on child safety and its plans – as well as what the committee calls “potential legislative solutions”.

HANOVER, GERMANY – JUNE 12: The Instagram and Facebook logos are displayed at the 2018 CeBIT technology trade fair on June 12, 2018 in Hanover, Germany. The 2018 CeBIT is running from June 11-15.

Take a break feature unveiled

In his blog post on Insta, Mr Mosseri announced the launch of the “take-a-break” feature, which he had tweeted about in November.

The new feature will be launched on Tuesday in the United Kingdom, Ireland, United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, he said.

“If someone has been scrolling for a certain amount of time, we’ll ask them to take a break from Instagram and suggest that they set reminders to take more breaks in the future,” Mr Mosseri wrote.

Mosseri said the feature would also show them tips from experts to “help them reflect and reset”

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Apple shares surge to record highs following AI announcement

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Apple shares increased over 7% to a record high, nearly regaining its crown as the world’s most valuable company shortly after it unveiled new AI features.

Among the excitement of Apple’s big AI announcement, Tesla CEO Elon Musk revealed his intention to ban Apple devices from his companies if Apple integrates its operating system with OpenAI’s technology, as reported by Reuters.

Musk’s statement came amid rising tensions between the tech giants over artificial intelligence integration and its implications for user privacy and data security.

Dr. Karen Sutherland from UniSC joins to discuss the latest with Apple’s AI reveal and its future implications. #featured #trending

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AI dating platform Replika is making chatbot relationships official

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Could chatbot relationships and AI dating platforms like Replika lead to the next generation of romance?

While some view chatbot dating as a revolutionary step towards combating loneliness and enhancing human interaction, others raise concerns about its impact on genuine relationships and societal norms.

Tom Finnigan from Talkingbrands.ai joins to discuss all things mechanical love. #featured #trending

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Microsoft’s latest Xbox Showcase reveals a financial future focussed on subscription services

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Summer Games Fest and Xbox Showcase unveil exciting game lineups for Q4 of 2024

Summer Games Fest showcased PlayStation’s collaboration with Lego featuring Aloy from Horizon Adventures, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: Rita’s Rewind, and Blumhouse Games’ foray into horror.

Xbox’s event unveiled Black Ops 6, Doom: The Dark Ages, State of Decay 3, and teased Perfect Dark reboot, among others.

New hardware like a digital Xbox Series X and exclusive titles stirred excitement. #featured

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